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Teenager linked to Lark Place murder faces new weapons charges

Teenager linked to Lark Place murder faces new weapons charges
Teenager linked to Lark Place murder faces new weapons charges

A Clark County teenager who turns 17 this month faces felony charges after authorities found a defaced firearm in his possession.

JL Desean Sims, who was on parole for his involvement in a fatal robbery in 2022, became the target of a home visit when his parole officer received a tip that he might be in possession of a firearm.

Sims was 15 years old when a drug robbery occurred on December 30, 2022, that resulted in a shooting that left two people dead. A teenager was shot outside the Lark Place Apartments, and an adult later died at Baptist Health Medical Center. Sims and another juvenile were reportedly waiting outside in a vehicle when the robbery and subsequent shooting occurred.

Police later arrested Sims, his older brother and others suspected of involvement in the murders. Prosecutors had initially planned to charge both teenagers as adults, but that never happened. All of those charged in connection with the fatal robbery were released from custody shortly after their first court appearance.

A year and a half later, the younger Sims is in trouble again, this time for being in possession of a defaced firearm while on probation.

Authorities from the Arkadelphia Police Department and Drug Enforcement Unit Group 6 assisted the juvenile probation officer with a visit on July 8, 2024, to Sims’ residence, whose address is listed as Ouachita Commons in Caddo Valley.

Police searched the apartment and discovered a backpack containing a silver gun magazine. In another room, they found a loaded Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol with an extended magazine and a light/laser combo attached. The gun’s serial number had been removed.

An affidavit states that Sims attempted to leave the scene but was stopped at the front door. After a “brief struggle,” he was taken into custody and transported to the police station for further questioning.

A police indictment presented to 9E District Attorney Dan Turner resulted in a formal charge against Sims, this time as an adult. Sims is charged with possession of a firearm by a certain person and possession of a defaced firearm, both felonies, as well as resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.